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Andrea Chandler

Russian, postcommunist and East European politics; gender and politics; human rights; politics of social policy.

Degrees:BA (Dalhousie) MA (Carleton) PhD (Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1418
Office:D694 Loeb


Andrea Chandler is a Professor of Political Science who specializes in the politics of Russia, within the context of comparative and European politics. She was educated at Dalhousie University (BA Honours, 1984), Carleton University (MA, 1987), and Columbia University (MPhil 1990, PhD, 1992). Her particular areas of interest include the following: social welfare and politics in Russia; gender, identity and politics in Europe; comparative democratization and reform; and European politics. She is the author of three books, and has twice been a recipient of Standard Research Grant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She was the recipient of a Carleton University Research Achievement Award in 2017. In 2017, she was awarded a Research Stay for University Academics and Scientists scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), which enabled her to visit Berlin, Germany in order to do research for her current project, Canada and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, 1945-1989: Politics of Democracy Promotion.

Selected Publications

“Canada and the Czechoslovak Crisis of 1968” (Chapter 14), in Michael Hawes, Andrew C. Holman and Christopher Kirkey, eds. 1968 in Canada: a Year and its Legacies, Ottawa: Canadian Museum of History and University of Ottawa Press, 2021, pp. 305-23.

“Russia’s laws on ‘non-traditional’ relationships as Response to Global Norm Diffusion, ” The International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 25, no. 4, 2021, pp. 616-38.

“Populism and Social Policy: a Challenge to Neoliberalism, or a Complement to it?” World Affairs, vol. 183, no. 2, June 2020, 125-50.

“Kakaя это дружба/What kind of Friendship is This? Russia’s “Crimean Syndrome.” European Security, vol. 27, no. 2, 2018, pp. 201-23.

Democracy, Gender and Social Policy in Russia: a Wayward Society. Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Shocking Mother Russia: Democratization, Social Rights, and Pension Reform in Russia, 1990-2001. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

Institutions of Isolation: Border Controls in the Soviet Union and its Successor States, 1917-1993, Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998.

Recent Podcasts

on Alexei Navalny and the 2021 Russian Anti Corruption Protests: